Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

March is National Craft Month and we all have time for crafting now

I am not too proud to say that my 11 year-old son inherited my lack-of-crafting genes. He actually does not enjoy art. I’ll never forget one day I decided to promote art more and he was about preschool age so I gathered supplies, found some fun Pinterest activities during a snow closure and sat him down for an afternoon of crafts.

After we got started on the first project he looked up at me and asked, “Mommy. Is this punishment or is this like a fun project? I really don’t know”. I had to laugh and asked him if he thought this was fun and he dropped his marker and said a very stern “No. Art is not for fun.” Even today if an assignment reads “..have fun. Add color..” you can bet it will be penciled in lead as he’d much rather solve a sheet of math questions than to have to get creative.

he does love to write, I just haven’t broken it to him that writing is a form of art-lol. He loves to create video and I also catch him sketching lately here and there but his own sketches on his own time.

Why am I telling you this story as I promote an art product?

There is one “art supply” he has had for over a year that I see him using very often and that is his smART sketcher. Seriously, for a kid who I can never get turned onto art, because of his sketcher he now has a folder of drawings piling up!

Maybe because he was also struck with the perfectionist gene of mine so if he can trace images and they come out looking great that is satisfaction to him. He will load images from the web like favorite TV scenes or characters, screenshots of his own video game play, pictures of his puppies and turns on his sketcher, connects the phone and can actually draw them out by himself.

A kid, 11 years old who only just this year decides art is fun and only after receiving one product – the smART sketcher. He has friends and cousins that have seen this in action and they are hooked right with him. I don’t typically feature the same product twice on this blog, but last year when I introduced this product on this very blog I had no idea it was budding an Artist and that he would stick with it and use it so often. My son will be 12 in May and is cousin will turn six 2 days later and he is determined to gift his cousin his newest smART sketcher because we all know little E will love it!

This smART sketcher not only inspires unenthused Artists but opens up a world of images anyone can draw with the download of an easy-to-use app. To see my original post about smART sketcher, visit my Freestyle Drawing post. This is a gift for Spring or while we are home for a bit during National Craft Month that WILL get used!

Visit smART sketcher for the the listings of stores near you that carry it or to order online.

Education, Infant Toddler Products, Toy Reviews

Best Toys for Kids that Promote Early Learning and Fine Motor Skills

Toys for Kids

Learning Resources Pedro the Fine Motor Peacock

This is Pedro, the Peacock. He is one of some educational toys for kids that helps them build their fine motor skills as well as promote color and number (1-5) recognition. Boost hand strength, coordination, and more with Pedro’s 5 pinchable, pullable feathers! Wipes clean easily.

Available on Amazon and a perfect Easter basket addition. Ages 18M – 4Y.

Learning Resources Steggy the Fine Motor Dino

This is Steggy the Dino! Like Pedro above, he also helps kids build their fine motor skills as well as promote color and number recognition (1-10). Steggy helps little ones boost their pincer grasp, hand strength, and more with his pinchable, pullable spikes! The spikes wipe clean and store inside Steggy for easy clean up.

Available on Amazon and a perfect Easter basket addition. Ages 18M – 4Y.

Dino Toy

Learning Resources Peekaboo Learning Farm

This is the Learning Resources Peekaboo Learning Farm that is a 10-piece Counting, Matching, Sorting and Toddler Finger Puppet Toy. GROWS with you—from imaginative puppet play to early math and color recognition (1-5). Each barn houses one of 5 adorable farm animals finger puppets – there’s a cow, pig, chicken, horse and sheep!

Available on Amazon and a perfect Easter basket addition. Ages 18M – 4Y.

Farm toy
2020 Valentine's Guide, Toy Reviews

Magformers Maggy’s House Set for STEM Play

Have you seen the Magformers Mini House Sets? The creativity level just turned up a notch with sets like Maggy’s House and Milo’s Mansion. With Valentine’s Day approaching and gifts we give are from love and care, the STEM play sets are a great way to encourage educational play.

Your child will Click, Connect and Create! The set is in Rainbow colors with 4 Triangles, 12 Squares, 1 Sector and accessories including 4 bricks, 2 windows, 1 Maggy Character, 1 Fence, 2 TV, 1 Cupboard, 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car, 1 TV Stand, 1 Balcony.

Magformers Maggy’s House Set has been proudly selected as a top STEM toy and teaching aid by STEM.org. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click every time they play – over and over again. They store well when playtime is over.

Visit Magformers for this set and others like this!

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